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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk3 - A few complaints
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:43:37 PM »
This is a AF system new to many of us. We will first have to patiently master it before we overreact and think the world is ending.

I'm not overreacting, agree totally that I need to spend more time with the AF to get a handle on it there are so many more options and settings to be considered thats just for starters!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DMIII Whats the verdict?
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:31:38 PM »
so far I absolutely love the size, build quality handling, viewfinder, speed and versitility
but i'm quite concerned the image quality is lower than the 5Dmk2 but i think I have to wait until
decent raw converters are available.
IMO the jpegs out of camera are next to useless

EOS Bodies / Re: So frustrated with new 5DmkIII - returning it!
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:23:11 PM »
Re: rate button

Have any of you had to take photos and turn in "several good ones for web use" to sports information at halftime of a basketball game? I receive my 5D3 on Wednesday next week, and I am so hoping that the rate button will work by simply pressing it twice to give a default 1-star rating to a photo. If it requires pressing the button and selecting a rating with another knob, then yes, that will be extremely irritating.

Right now my workflow is like this:

* During the first half I have to be chimping after any major play, and if a photo is good or a play is good if I don't have time to chimp, then I take a blank picture of the floor after that sequence of photos containing the good photo.
* 1-3 minutes before half time I have to run to the media room, download all photos, look at them in thumbnail mode, scroll through the ones before the blank floor pictures, and then star the ones I want to turn in.
* Select and export the starred photos.
* Give flash drive to sports information about 15 minutes of wasted time, if I'm lucky.

Assuming that I can just do a quick double "click" of the rate button to assign it a 1-star default rating (the stars aren't important, because I'm not rating them, just indicating that I want to turn them in to SI), then the rate button would be a tremendous boon to me. I could lesiurely go to the media room, download photos, export the starred photos, and walk back with flash drive in hand in under 5 minutes.

Hopefully I can even have a direct ethernet connection so that someone else can use my pictures live, but I am not sure if I would be happy with that. Some people don't realize that every click of the shutter on a professional camera does not necessarily a cover photograph make. Letting someone else select photos would probably result in a bad representation of my work.

Anyway, I just thought that I would speak out in favor of what hopefully is going to be a good feature for me.

good explanation, I never shoot sport so never have that issue typically i find trying to identify if images are good or not on the screen is quite difficult.
It would be nice if they made the ability to assign other funtions to that button so people that will never use the rate button in their life can make it usefull for their purposes.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are all the 5D Mark III raws?
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:18:11 PM »
I wanna know about the HDR setting. Is it cool? Or just a gimmick? Does it save out to a jpeg, exr, 32 bit raw?
not cool, gimmick, jpeg only

bracketing however is much cooler with 2 3 5 and 7 shot options and greater stop range available i'm bummed that you stillhave to go into the menu to enable it rather than being able to hold down a button and use the scroll wheel like the 1D

In-cam HDR is handy for seeing if a shot has potential, but I doubt I'd ever use the camera version even if it were something other than jpeg.

I have a 5-stop bracket arrangement as one my C1 custom mode, that works fairly well.
yep someone mentioned that use before, I agree it's handy from that perspective, its got these "styles" that can be applied to various tastes as well which are a little on the dodgy side.

Good idea on the C1 custom for quick access bracketing I might give that a go.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are all the 5D Mark III raws?
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:11:12 PM »
I wanna know about the HDR setting. Is it cool? Or just a gimmick? Does it save out to a jpeg, exr, 32 bit raw?
not cool, gimmick, jpeg only

bracketing however is much cooler with 2 3 5 and 7 shot options and greater stop range available i'm bummed that you stillhave to go into the menu to enable it rather than being able to hold down a button and use the scroll wheel like the 1D

Technical Support / Re: Building a Studio Cyc...
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:58:29 PM »
this is the instructions and method i'm using to build mine but i'm not making the stands, i'm going to just screw timber battons into the concrete floor. Best construction video ever :D


I couldnt agree more about the manual focus. I just discovered last night if you put your lens in manual focus and hold the shutter button while focussing when in focus to the point you want it will flash red letting you know it has achieved focus. Really cool feature!
yep i noticed that too and the veiwfinder is sooooo much better for manual focus, I'm not really worried about changing screens in this one it has a much more 1D feel to it for MF

Hmmm. The part about the focus screen is interesting.

The 5DII does the same thing in manual focus (beeps and illuminates a red square), correct?
Correct but its new to me since i have a gen one 5D and a 1dm3. I'll have ot see if i can do that on the 1Dm3 but i doubt it. Cool feature!

I'm pretty sure on the 1Dmk3 the little green circle in the VF lights up when MF is achieved you dont get the actual AF point light up

EOS Bodies / Re: So frustrated with new 5DmkIII - returning it!
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:32:09 PM »
thanks for emailing those jpgs fleetie!

but I feel your jpg processing is about on par with mine (vs how sharp the 5D2 is)
definately something funky with the in camera processing on these things IMO
at f8 the edges of those petals would be razor crisp on the 5D2

heres hoping there are some early firmware updates coming up

EOS Bodies / Re: So frustrated with new 5DmkIII - returning it!
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:27:57 PM »
I don't think the in-camera JPEGs are very good at this point either. I never shot JPEG on my Mk II, so I don't really know big the RAW vs. JPEG difference was in detail in good light, but with the Mk III the JPEGs loose a lot of detail compared to RAW images process with Adobe ACR 6.7 RC1 / DNG convertor. I think that Canon has a RAW processing problem in both the DPP software and the camera firmware. The Adobe processed RAWs show the detail is there. I've been looking at this a lot and would be glad to take a look at one of your RAW files compared to mine. You can sign up for a free dropbox.com account and upload it to your Public folder to share. You can do it all through their website if you don't want to install their software. My gmail address is the same as my username here.
I posted these raw comparisons in a couple of other threads

I feel the 5D2 is sharper still

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk3 - A few complaints
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:24:36 PM »
We must be from different universes because none of those things you mentioned about the cameras capability agree with my findings whatsoever, other than the adobe LR not having raw capability because CS5 does with the beta but DPP works very well. I just never use it so its kinda hard to navigate around it.
Maybe you got a dud because sharpness, focus speed, color, high iso, sharpness of images is lining up nicely enough for me to consider selling the 1dm3 i own for a 5dm3 and shoot sports with that. If you are testing fast lenses F1.8 and faster then turn servo off unless you have a 200 F1.8. Servo no matter what camera screwed with the high end primes.
I was testing with sigma 85 f1.4 and canon 50mm f1.4 I havent given it a good work out yet with my 70-200 2.8 yet I will and see if it helps the AF

you dont agree with the rate button being useless? i like having bracketing easily accessable horses for coarses I guess.

generally i really like the camera I just feel the IQ is not up to the level of my 5Dmk2 cameras at the moment. I am blaming this on raw converters I did post raws compared between my 5D2 and 5D3 previously. The 5D2 is clearly sharper

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dII vs 5DIII Studio shot
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:51:58 PM »
I am not sure the III is out performing the II at 50 ISO. The III seems to lack detail compared to the II.

This is what I'm seeing also, clear as day. I still hope that it is because of the raw converter, maybe even the release candidate of ACR is doing something wrong with the 5D3 raws? Canon dpp shows the 5d3 files way less detailed than 5d2 files, as you can see here: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-DSLR-Camera-Review.aspx
the DPP preview is sharp its only once you start processing the detail disapears. The DPP preview is noticably sharper than ACR 6.7

EOS Bodies / 5D mk3 - A few complaints
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:44:43 PM »
So i've been snapping away wildly all weekend with the 5Dmk3 and there are a couple of things that bug me
overall the build and handling are significant steps up but there is some silly stuff going on.

1 - The rate button, probably the single most useless button I have even seen on a camera EVER, which would be fine if you could assign it a usefull function instead such as a bracketing button like ever 1D has had since the 1Dmk1 remember that good ol 4MP kodak sensor? its nice to just hold a button down and scrollt he wheel bringing up the bracketed stops. having to go into the menu to enable bracketing on a PRO body is just plain lame. This could easily be fixed with a firmware update to enable assigning of more functions to that button
as for rate and protect the whole 2 features you can choose this button to perform, very underwhelming. As it is this button is a total bull tit.

2 - out of camera Jpeg files are horrible, accross the board there is far too much smearing going on they are well and truely overcooked, mushy and about as sharp as a bowling ball. I like to have medium jpg files writing to the SD card so i can just pop it out to give someone quick access to the pics without jumping through all the raw processing hoops. As it stands I'm really not going to give anyone these jpegs so i've turned it off all together until an update comes out.
This is particularly concerning because all the talk from the marketing machine talked up how all the improvements of blah blah stops is based on jpegs. If this follows through to the 1Dx there are going to be alot of unhappy people with $6500 less in their pocket.

3. RAW processing, I'm a bit amazed that none of this was sorted out prior to release, neither DPP or adobe are producing satisfactory results. The only way i can even see the detail i'm chasing is in DPP preview.

4. AF isnt as good as i was expecting in AI servo but I'm still playing with it (there are lots of settings to play with and test) so i'll have to reserve judgement on this but as for just turning it on and shooting with AI servo in standard mode the 1Dmk3 still eats it alive both in speed and accuracy :(
Perhaps I am doing something wrong maybe 7D users have some tips on getting the most from these new AF systems in AI servo.

EOS Bodies / Re: So frustrated with new 5DmkIII - returning it!
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:21:06 PM »
Me too!  I was having such high hopes!  Hopefully a different unit will be better!
I'm very keen to hear how you new unit goes because so far I'm concerned about the IQ of the images too
I'll probably wait unti proper raw converters are out before i look at taking it back
I think canon need to get a firmware update out STAT that fixes the horrid in camera jpeg processing too
I think i'd be happier with jpegs out of a rebel than this thing puts out

Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:15:36 PM »
The OP was asking about primes in particular. I have waded through a raft of 50mm glass over the years and have settled pretty comfortably with a Sigma 50 f/1.4. As I shoot people and like to include action, AF is very important to me. However if I was inclined towards more static subjects, and had ultra IQ as a very high priority, then a Zeiss manual focus lens would be appealing.

For general shooting, Sigma seems to have a very strong range of viable alternative glass to the Canon/Nikon offerings.

Paul Wright

What is your opinion of the sigma 1.4 vs the canon 1.4 especially at f1.4 to f2
I've been wondering if the 50 siggy is as good as the 85, the 50 is an older design though isnt it?
I wonder if sigma will update the 50 to the same level as the 85, if they did that i'd find it hard to resist getting one.
I find the canon not so good wide open but once its down to f2 its improving and its very sharp by f2.8
I'm really hoping for an update

EOS Bodies / Re: How to Edit 5D MK III Raw files in Lightroom(Windows)
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:11:29 PM »
I am concerned as the preview in DPP is significantly sharper than the same file viewed in bridge or opened in ACR 6.7 I really hope Adobe sort this out ACR seems to soften the image detail just is gone that is clearly visable in DPP preview then there is the actual processing in DPP smearing images.

I am really unhappy with the out of camera jpegs they are smeared horribly even iso 100 looks like an extreme amount of NR has been applied to them.

I dont think there is a problem with the sensor or the camera as the images look fine in DPP preview so the detail and information is there. There is just no where to actually process the files properly at this point in time

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